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Old 17 November 2015, 16:12   #1
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Any Seagull outboard experts?

I've always loved Seagulls, outboards that is, but have never owned one.

Today I was given one by somebody at work who was clearing out his late Fathers garage over the weekend and was going to take it to the tip before thinking I might like it as I'm the resident Boat bloke at work.

I've read the serial number off it, LLSL 318G6, and from what I can find it's a July 1966 Century 100 4HP Long shaft.
Can anyone confirm that?

I can't believe he would even consider taking it to the tip as it's in really nice condition, not rusty and manky like most of them you see for £50 at boat jumbles, but not in immaculate restored condition either.
It's just got that great old, honest look to it as can be seen from the pictures, and even has what I assume are the original tools to go with it.
It has good compression, but I've not tried it for a spark yet. I'm hoping to get it started over the weekend.

It was apparently purchased by his father brand new, but strangely to his knowledge his father has never owned a boat, and all his life he's known it just leant up against the wall in the garage at the family home, so there is a possibility it's never been used in anger.

I really don't know what to do with it, I suggested to Mrs Nasher that I was going to clean it up and hang it on the wall on the landing, but she disagreed surprisingly.
I don't want it to just get dirty and covered in dust in my garage, but on the other hand it would be a shame to sell it as it's just a nice thing.
It's completely unsuitable for any boating I currently do, and Mrs Nasher tells me we don't have the space to buy the small clinker built harbour boat it deserves to be hung on.

I know it's not actually worth a huge amount, but have promised that if I sell it on I'll split what I get for it with the guy who gave it to me.

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Old 17 November 2015, 17:20   #2
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That's in great condition --- wish mine looked like that .
Drain the oily coloured liquid from the see through tube from the petrol tank to the carb --- it's old gunk from the fuel mix which is 16 to 1 for this motor.
If no spark take the plastic lid off the flywheel to reveal the contact breaker points easy to clean with a bit of smooth wet and dry .
These engines are so simple and reliable as get you home motors ..... I use a small version with a recoil starter mod --- luxury !!
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Nasher - there are a couple of really good seagull sites - I'm sure you've found them.
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Nice find, I found the guy at " saving old seagulls" really helpful for advice and parts for my 40+ , I have just acquired a wooden 1952 heron dinghy to hang it on
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what a find nasher simplest of engines as you say possibly not even run in yet, buy a small clinker built boat kit and stick it on the back [project] bit of nostalgia great on the lakes.
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Thanks for the comments.

I really would like to clean it up and keep it in the house as a piece of art, because I can appreciate the simple elegant design, but Mrs Nasher isnít of the same opinion.

I did find the various websites, and was pointed in the direction of Seagull racing that appears to be concentrated in Cornwall.
My eldest son is at Uni in Penryn, so perhaps he and some friends can start a team.

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Put it on a zapcat
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My eldest son is at Uni in Penryn, so perhaps he and some friends can start a team.

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My Old Man used to run an old Silver Century as an aux. I used to 'service' it as a kid.
Not sure if Mrs. M would dig having one hung on the wall as an ornament.

If you wanna race, I can find some 'Rynners who'd race anything if there was beer involved.
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The big cornish seagull race is coming up shortly about Xmas time in lerryn.

I have always fancied a bash at it, fancy dress and ale are all part of it.
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